Malawi’s most celebrated and award winning netball player has launched her autobiography titled Mary Waya—Netball Queen.
Educational charity The CharChar Trust published 6 000 copies of the book to be distributed to secondary schools throughout the country, with Illovo Sugar Company as the sponsors.
“I am more than happy. I obviously have more to say, but I am failing. I cannot believe this is happening to an ordinary person like me,” Waya said on Wednesday at Blantyre’s Chichiri Secondary School Hall during the launch of the book.
“In Malawi, we are usually shy to tell our stories, but I felt it was worth doing it. Our youths need inspiration and I am sure this book will provide motivation and inspiration to many of them,” she added.
Waya co-authored the 40-paged book with Jasmine Lehnis Leitao.
CharChar Trust chairperson Kelvin Parker said the book was selected as the trust’s first supplementary secondary school textbook because of its inspirational subject matter.
“While most of our primary school texts are fictional and designed to encourage children to enjoy reading and develop their literacy skills, Mary’s story is more than an interesting read, it’s also an inspiration to young people,” Parker said in a media statement.
South West Education Division manager Sr. Eunice Dambo who launched the book on behalf of Ministry of Education, said:”What she has gone through is not different from what most of us have gone through, but the difference is that despite all the hardships, she never gave up on her dream to succeed and that is what lacks in most youths.”
The netball legend also announced recently that she will be sharing her skills and talent that made her a household name through her Mary Waya Netball Academy.
“I decided to establish the academy so that I help in the identification and nurturing of raw talent so that we have a strong base for future stars for our teams and of course the netball Queens” she told Nyasa Times.
In her 40’s, Waya, who still plays for MTL Queens, is the only netball player who has received the greatest award one would hope for in the country during independence celebrations called “Malawi senior achiever” for her exploits in netball.
She has also won several awards locally and internationally and has travelled to over 30 countries, pulling crowds with her netball skills.
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